TV presenter Magenta Devine dies aged 61

TV presenter Magenta Devine dies aged 61TV presenter Magenta Devine has died at the age of 61.

According to her family, the broadcaster – who was known for her trademark black sunglasses, stylish attire and husky voice – died on Wednesday morning at a hospital in London while undergoing treatment following a short illness.

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Magenta Devine attending the Rushes Soho Shorts Awards, central London.
Model Waris Dirie (left) and TV presenter Magenta Devine, both newly appointed UN Special Ambassadors for Women Rights at a photocall in London to mark 'International Women's Day' today (Thursday). Photo by Ben Curtis/PA 11/3/04: Waris Dirie, the model turned best-selling author who left Britain after being harassed by a stalker and who has been allegedly attacked by the same man in Austria. Ms Dirie, the Somalian-born author who wrote autobiography Desert Flower and sequel Desert Dawn, was pushed to the ground during the attack in Vienna Wednesday. Police have arrested a 26-year-old Portuguese man in connection with the incident.
Magenta Devine arrives at Ronan Keating's Emeralds & Ivy Ball for Cancer Research UK at Battersea Evolution, London.
LONDON - APRIL 7: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Magenta Devine attends the 15th annual 'British Book Awards,' also known as the Nibbies, at Grosvenor House, Park Lane April 7, 2004 in London, England. The awards recognise bestsellers rather than the critics' favourites. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
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Television presenter Magenta Devine (left) and singer Martin Degville, at Stringfellows club, London, circa 1988. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
TV presenter Magenta Devine dies aged 61
TV presenter Magenta Devine dies aged 61

Her death came after a short illness, her family said.


Her family said she was "deeply loved for her extraordinary kindness and generosity".

Born Kim Taylor in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire in 1957, Devine became a star in the 1980s on Channel 4's short-lived but memorable cult youth show Network 7.

She then went on to host the BBC's innovative factual show Reportage and the Rough Guides travel series.

Rough Guides was originally broadcast as part of Janet Street-Porter's DEF II slot on BBC Two.

Her other TV credits included presenting ITV documentary series Young, Gifted and Broke, and the On Screen cinema review programme on the BBC's World Service Radio network.

She also found work as a voiceover artist, appearing in a number of TV adverts and on a number of radio programmes, including the BBC's Cult Heroes: Marc Bolan programme.

During her career, Devine also wrote articles and opinion pieces on travel, media and popular culture for a number of newspapers.

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